Against the Grain is a down-to-earth, practice-oriented library journal.

Its goal is to provide acquisitions librarians in all types of libraries, and information sellers, with current information on events in the field, and practical insights into acquisitions techniques and processes. The "Biz of Acq" column features discussions of key acquisitions topics by working librarians.

Ideas for upcoming "Biz of Acq" articles include:

--Document Management Systems in Acquisitions
--RDA and Acquisitions
--Acquisitions and other library functions (either done together in the same unit or their intersection and relationship)
--Changes in workflows, strategies, or policies.
--E-tooks for acquisitions beyond the ILS and web
--Managing funds that don't come in the materials budget--transfers, gifts, endowments.
--Going paperless.
--E-book workflows.
--Streamlining e-resource management with an ERM system.
--Negotiating licenses and prices.
--Discovery tools and acquisitions.
--Finding and selecting vendors and vendor comparison and assessment.
--Acquiring MP3's, scores, and e-scores.
--Acquisitions/Cataloging workflows.
--Changes in the nature of acquisitions work due to changing collections.
--Repurposing acquisitions staff.

Feel free to choose any of these topics, or one of your own. Theoretical

articles, research reports, "how-to" articles, case studies, literature

reviews and conceptual or opinion pieces are welcome. Article length

should be approximately 1200-1500 words (4-5 pages, double-spaced).

Contributions may be written by individuals or co-authored.




If you are interested in writing for "Biz of Acq", please contact the


Michelle Flinchbaugh
Acquisitions Librarian
UMBC Library
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Phone: 410-455-6754

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